Pakistan recall Umar Gul for Ireland and England ODIs

Pakistan on Tuesday (August 9) recalled paceman Umar Gul after a 15-month lay-off in the squad for the two one-day internationals in Ireland and five in England starting later this month. The 32-year-old last played a one-day match in Dhaka against Bangladesh in April 2015 before being discarded over his lack of form and fitness. […]

Sindhu wins opener, but India have dismal day at the Olympics

Setbacks continued to haunt India in their quest to win a medal in the Rio Olympic Games, with shuttler PV Sindhu being the sole bright spot in yet another disappointing day on Thursday (August 11). Sindhu, a two-time world championship bronze medal winner, opened her women’s singles campaign on a winning note in Group M […]

Nita Ambani among eight new IOC members

Nita Ambani, an Indian businesswoman and owner of the Indian Premier League cricket franchise Mumbai Indians, was among eight new members elected to the International Olympic Committee on Thursday (August 4) on the eve of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ambani joined world governing bob and skeleton federation chief Ivo Ferriani of Italy, South African […]

Gaurika Singh set to be youngest competitor in Rio

At just 13 years of age. Nepali swimmer Gaurika Singh is all set to be the youngest Olympian at the Rio Olympic games. Singh, already has considerable international competing experience and will get start her 2016 Olympic challenge when she competes in the 100m backstroke heats on Sunday. “That’s quite cool, a bit unreal, too,” […]

Hockey players staying focused in Rio ‘magic world’

PR Sreejesh says his dual role as India hockey captain and goalkeeper is to allow his team mates the freedom to express themselves in Rio, but knows he must keep them focused on the medal hunt in the “magic world” of the Olympics. The 30-year-old was second choice at London 2012 behind then captain Bharat […]

Indians going for gold in Rio

The Olympic Games begin in Brazil on Friday (August 5), with India sending their largest team to Rio. Over 100 athletes will bid for glory over the next three-and-a-half weeks to try and surpass the record six medals they won at London 2012. These are some of the medal hopefuls hoping to make their country […]

How the Phogats and Sakshi Malik wrestled with tradition and won

Pinning her opponent in a merciless half-Nelson, women’s wrestler Vinesh Phogat hones her skills for the Rio Olympics – where, win or lose, she has already scored a significant victory over sexism in one of India’s most conservative states. Vinesh, her cousin Babita and their teammate Sakshi Malik have all qualified for Rio despite hailing […]

Adapting to conditions will be key for Sindhu in Rio

Adapting to the conditions in Rio and changing her on-court strategy in match situations will be the key to success, according to ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu. “Adapting to conditions is important. The conditions need to be suitable for us, so we are leaving early. There will be drift and we will be practising for […]

Sri Lanka row angers Muralitharan

Sri Lanka’s record-breaking spinner Muttiah Muralitharan launched a blistering attack on his former bosses after they complained about his behaviour in his new role as a mentor to Australia. After his former employers said Muralitharan was damaging his legacy, he accused Sri Lanka’s board of setting him up as a fall guy if the hosts […]

Neeraj Chopra sets new world under-20 javelin mark

Neeraj Chopra made Indian athletics history on Saturday (July 23) by winning gold in the javelin at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland. The 18-year-old prospect became the first from his country to hold a world track and field title at any level after his mammoth all-time junior best throw of 86.48m secured victory. […]